Bump-and-run robberies in Denver: Suspect in 3 ripoffs matches description from Jeffco crime

Update: Earlier this month, we told you about a Jefferson County bump-and-run robbery, in which a thief hit a car in front of him, then stole a purse after the driver got out to check the damage. At the time, Jeffco authorities said this wasn't an isolated incident -- and now the Denver PD has detailed three other robberies, perhaps by the same suspect.

The DPD reportedly sees a connection between the Jefferson County robbery and bump-and-runs on the 1600 block of Gaylord Street at 2:31 a.m. on April 25; 303 Josephine Street at 9:33 p.m. on April 25; and 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of East Wesley Avenue and South Quebec Street on May 1.

Victims in these incidents have offered descriptions of the rip-off artist and his vehicle that are similar to ones from Jefferson County: an older African-American, bald or nearly bald, around six-feet tall and 230 pounds and wearing a dark-colored leather jacket and driving an Acura with tinted windows.

Call the DPD at 720-913-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867) if you recognize the man in the sketch seen below, following our earlier coverage.

Original item, 2:30 p.m. May 4: According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's office, so-called bump and run robberies, in which a thief gets into a minor traffic accident as a pretext to ripping off a driver, have been reported throughout the metro area. But thanks to a recent victim, they've got a sketch of a suspect -- one whose slick whip suggests he's making plenty of coin from crime.

The latest incident took place last Thursday, when a woman leaving a south Jeffco Target was greeted by a guy standing next to what's described as a newer-model black Acura with tinted windows. They exchanged pleasantries and then off she went. But when she looked back, she saw the Acura behind her -- so close behind her, in fact, that when she braked to a halt at a stop sign, it rear-ended her.

The woman got out of the vehicle and immediately recognized the driver as the same guy who'd spoken to her at Target. But she tried to play it cool, checking out the rear of her car and telling him that since there was no damage to either vehicle, they didn't need to report the accident.

She soon had something else to report, though. As she was moving toward the driver's side of her car, the guy pushed her out of the way, reached inside and grabbed her purse. After a brief struggle, he then sped away, accompanied by a woman who'd been in the Acura since the jump but hadn't stepped out of it.

The witness describes Mr. Bump and Run as an older African-American, bald or nearly bald, around six-feet tall and 230 pounds and wearing a dark-colored leather jacket.

An unusual description for a type of robbery that may be getting more usual all the time. Check out the sketch below, and call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tip line at 303-271-5612 with any information.

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